Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (15) | Ignore Thread Prev Thread | Prev | Next | Next Thread
Author: Goofyhoofy Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 156914  
Subject: Re: Microsoft and browser market share Date: 9/14/2012 5:30 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 2
It does control the shape of the industry. HTML 5 is pretty huge and there are lots of 'Apps' and web services which are essentially complex HTML+Javascript pages. The catch is that the standards finally did catch on and rather than lose out to Netscape, they lost out to standards compliant sites.

Sadly, Microsoft has been by far the slowest company to adopt standards and they've deliberately left 40% of their users out of the upgrade cycle.


I think that's the point. They maneuvered themself into "the standard" instead of allowing someone else to do it. There is a reason they still have 90% (argue for other figures if you like, it's still huge) of the desktop OS, and it's not just because of the OS. It's because of the interlock between Word, Excel, and the OS, which begat an almost monopoly platform,c hich begat proprietary softwares for medicine, metallurgy and everything in between.

If all those other softwares were platform independent, the OS share would be plummeting much faster than it is.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (15) | Ignore Thread Prev Thread | Prev | Next | Next Thread

Announcements

2013 Feste Award Voting Begins!
Who will win the 2013 Feste Award? Vote now for the Fool that most exemplifies the Fool Community mission of Learning Together!
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Tax Strategies

TMFPMarti-Feeling Good
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement